Social bookmarking (social networking)

Description

Social bookmarking tools allow individuals and organisations to share website addresses, links or resources with their network. They can be used by individuals or groups to catalogue and chart websites. Applications exist for additions to such lists to be posted automatically on websites and blogs. 

Examples

Benefits and advantages

  • Allows individuals to organise their favourite websites
  • Promotes the sharing of information
  • Free to access and use Easy to set up

Risks and disadvantages

  • Tagging is user-centric and can result in a non-standardised tagging system which may not resonate with other users
  • This only is relevant for the provision of information
  • To make the most use of the tool it needs to be coordinated with other social networking sites, for example facebook